All visitors to Qatar will be required to have a health insurance policy starting on 1 February 2023, Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced.
Qatar’s Law No. (22) of 2021 regulating healthcare services in Qatar stipulates that all visitors must be covered by a mandatory health insurance scheme. The mandatory health insurance scheme will be implemented in phases, with the first phase starting on 1 February 2023.
This article will discuss everything you need to know about health insurance for visitors to Qatar, including the cost, coverage, authorised providers and how visitors can buy health insurance.
- Recent Updates
- Is Health Insurance For Visitors To Qatar Mandatory?
- Why is Qatar introducing a health insurance policy?
- Authorised Insurance Companies
- Cost of Visitor's Health Insurance Policy:
- How To Obtain Visitors’ Health Insurance?
- Is there a waiting period for this policy to be active?
- Does the policy require any copayment or deductible?
- Is travel insurance mandatory for Qatar visit visa?
- How much is the travel insurance fee for Qatar visit visa?
- Does the Visitor Health Insurance Policy cover me in GCC or other countries?
- What documents are needed in case of emergency treatment?
- Does the basic insurance policy for visitors cover emergencies during travel?
25 FEBRUARY 2023 UPDATE: According to a news announcement on MOPH website, Hayya card holders and their companions are required to obtain visitors’ insurance policies that cover the remaining period of the Hayya Card Entry Permit, which is Jan 24th, 2024.
For example, if a Hayya Card holder is planning to enter the State of Qatar on 1st March 2023, he/she should obtain an insurance policy for 11 months, and if he/she is planning to enter the country on 1 April 2023, he/she should obtain an insurance policy for 10 months, and so forth.
Is Health Insurance For Visitors To Qatar Mandatory?
Starting 1 February 2023, all visitors to Qatar applying for a visitor’s visa will be required to have health insurance policies. This is mandatory for all types of visit visas including Family Visit Visa, GCC Residents Visit Visa, and Visa On Arrival.
GCC citizens are exempted from the mandatory health insurance while entering Qatar.
Why is Qatar introducing a health insurance policy?
According to MOPH, the health and well-being of visitors are of paramount importance. Therefore the Government has established the necessary regulations to ensure that visitors are protected against accidents and medical emergency-related conditions during their stay.
By implementing a sustainable and effective healthcare system, and by regulating healthcare expenditures, the scheme aims to regulate health insurance and ensure continuous improvements.
Authorised Insurance Companies
The registered insurance companies are listed on the Ministry of Public Health’s website. Visitors can choose any one of the listed insurance companies through the links available on MOPH website:
Here is the link to the page on the MOPH website.
The registered insurance companies (in alphabetical order) are:
- Al Khaleej Takaful Insurance
- Beema Damaan Islamic Insurance Company
- Doha Insurance Group
- Doha Takaful
- General Takaful
- Islamic Insurance
- Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Co. Q.P.S.C.
- Qatar Insurance Company
- QLM Life & Medical Insurance Company
MoPH has indicated that for visitors who hold international health insurance, the insurance policy must include Qatar, be valid during their stay in the country and be issued by one of the insurance companies approved in Qatar.
Cost of Visitor’s Health Insurance Policy:
The standard premium for a single insurance policy will be QAR 50 for 30 days (USD 13.73). For the extension of a visit visa beyond 30 days, the visitor will have to buy an additional policy.
In addition, visitors can obtain additional health insurance policies, and the premiums for these policies will vary depending on the insurance company’s prices.
Health insurance premiums cannot be refunded after the purchase of the policy if the stay duration is less than the period of the visa.
How To Obtain Visitors’ Health Insurance?
Visitors Applying For Visit Visa Online
- Visitors applying for a visit visa online via the Metrash App will be directed to the MOPH website.
- There, they can select one of the insurance companies registered with the Ministry to purchase the visitors’ policy after completion of all other relevant visa requirements.
- Once the insurance policy is issued by the selected insurance company, the Ministry of Interior will issue the appropriate visit visa.
The Visitor will receive the Health Insurance Policy from the website of the Insurance companies. The policy can be printed, kept and shown when needed.
Visitors Eligible For Visa On Arrival
To ensure speedy completion of your procedures upon arrival at the various border crossings (airport, land and seaports), visitors are advised to purchase a visitor insurance policy before arriving at these ports from the MOPH link provided above and follow the same procedures mentioned.
Validity Period of Health Insurance For Visitors To Qatar
The effective date of coverage is the date of entry of the visitor at any border.
If the visitor wishes to extend his/her stay in the State of Qatar, then he/she must purchase a new health insurance policy.
The minimum duration of the visitor’s insurance policy is 30 days, it is not possible to purchase a policy with less than this duration.
The basic visitor insurance policy in case of a single-entry visa expires upon leaving the State of Qatar through any air, sea or land ports.
There is an insurance policy for multiple-entry visas and it remains valid from the date of entry until the policy expires.
Coverage Under Visitor’s Health Insurance Policy
The mandatory health insurance for visitors will only cover emergency medical treatments and accidents.
Emergency Medical Treatment:
- Up to QAR 150,000 for the policy period and within the State of Qatar.
- Emergency medical assistance with a sub-limit of QAR 35,000, includes:
- Emergency ambulance transportation within the State of Qatar, and where necessary.
COVID-19 and Quarantine:
- Sub-limit up to QAR 50,000.
- Covid-19 treatment for positive cases.
- Quarantine expenses (for confirmed cases) are up to QAR 300 per day.
In the event of the visitor’s death within the State of Qatar, the cost of repatriation is covered up to an amount of QAR 10,000.
Is there a waiting period for this policy to be active?
No, there will be no waiting period for the visitor’s health insurance policy.
Does the policy require any copayment or deductible?
No copayment or deductible will be required for any covered services as per the terms and conditions stipulated in the visitor’s health insurance policy.
Criteria for Accepting International Health Policy
In addition to the listed insurance companies, Qatar MOI may accept some international health insurance companies, subject to the fulfilment of the following conditions and requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health to be accepted for entry visa issuance:
- To be issued by one of the insurance companies included in the approved list by the Ministry of Public Health.
- Its geographical coverage includes the State of Qatar.
- To be valid and cover the period of stay in the country.
- To cover emergency services and accidents with an annual limit of 150,000 Riyals or more, without deductibles or excesses.
- To include a QR code.
The policy can be uploaded to the website of the Ministry of Interior or a paper copy to be submitted to the competent officer at the border crossing.
In case of any queries about the mandatory health insurance policy, you can call the MOPH Helpline on 16000 (inside Qatar). Extension number 1 is dedicated to health insurance. International visitors can call 00974-44069963.
For complaints, you can email: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
Is travel insurance mandatory for Qatar visit visa?
Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for all visitors to Qatar with effect from 1 February 2023.
How much is the travel insurance fee for Qatar visit visa?
The premium for the Mandatory Visitors’ Health Insurance policy is QAR 50 per month.
Does the Visitor Health Insurance Policy cover me in GCC or other countries?
No. The Visitor Health Insurance coverage is limited to the State of Qatar only.
What documents are needed in case of emergency treatment?
Passport & Insurance Policy Documents will be required for emergency treatment.
Does the basic insurance policy for visitors cover emergencies during travel?
The basic visitor insurance policy coverage begins upon the visitor entering the State of Qatar.
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59 thoughts on “How To Get Health Insurance For Visitors To Qatar (2023)”
This is May 2023 and our visit to Qatar is for several days in October 2023. Can we get our 30 day one month health insurance now ahead of time so that we can cross it off our list…but not have it become effective until October? Or do we have to wait until closer to our trip? Thank you.
Hi Linda, Please wait till September. It can be done online quickly and you never know when rules change.
My family is coming with Hayya Card and they will stay here next 3months. I would like to know if they need insurance until January 2024 or for 3 months?
Hi Smijesh, Even though the Hayya portal says insurance is required till January, most airlines are accepting travellers with insurance until return flight date. We never know when they will become strict about this. If they insist on insurance for full duration, you can take additional insurance online while at the airport.
Appreciate your quick response.
You are welcome Smijesh!
I would like to ask regarding the Visa on Arrival. Am planning to go on June 30 and will be back on July 1 also.
I am a UAE resident and a Philippine passport holder. Kindly advise what are the requirements needed as of today April 10,2023.
Hi Gemma, Philippines is not included in the list of countries eligible for regular visa on arrival. You can check if your profession is eligible for GCC Residents Visa On Arrival: https://www.dohaguides.com/qatar-visa-on-arrival-for-gcc-residents/
If your profession is not eligible, please contact the Qatar Government Helpline at +974-44069999 or [email protected].
Hi I book my eid holidays, 4 day in Qatar, I still need a health insurance? I only stayed 4 days in Qatar, kindly reply thank you
Hi Sara, Health insurance is required even for 1 day.
i made a mistake in insurance name. can it be solved?
Hi Saad, You can contact your insurance provider and they can fix it.